New Delhi: As a part of its continuing, ongoing efforts to improve the lives and livelihoods of the tribals and work towards tribal empowerment, TRIFED is exploring convergences and partnerships with like-minded organisations to create synergies together. Subsequently TRIFED has identified and started its efforts in tying up with like-minded organisations such as National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), an organization under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, for taking up the operations of tribal livelihood development forward to harness the common strengths and expertise to the maximum benefit. In this regard, Shri Pravir Krishna, Managing Director, TRIFED had a set of meetings with Ms. Neelam Shami Rao, Director General NIESBUD to collaborate further.
Subsequently, as of November 26, 2020, TRIFED and National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), an organization under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on November 26, 2020 to work together on skill development of tribal producers (artisans, forest dwellers and gatherers).
The MOU was signed by Ms Sangeeta Mahindra, ED, TRIFED and Dr. Poonam Sinha, Director, NIESBUD in the TRIFED Head office on November 26, 2020
The two organizations have agreed to partner with each other to organise training programmes for tribal artisans in the area of entrepreneurship skill and business development.
Other aspects that this collaboration will work towards include the development of course curriculum on entrepreneurship and business development; provision of support in Cluster Development (Handlooms and Food Processing) under SFURTI scheme and H&IG initiatives; provide handholding and support to tribal beneficiaries to make them self-reliant and Atmanirbhar entrepreneurs; and help in developing a knowledge repository which can enhance the skills of the tribal people.
As a part of taking tribal welfare and development to the next logical phase, convergences with various Ministries and Departments and expert institutions such as Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), DMF, ICAR Ministry of AYUSH are being planned all with the aim of improving sustainable livelihoods and income opportunities for these tribals. The scope of convergences will range across different aspects of development
TRIFED plans to expand the Skills Development and Micro entrepreneurship programme, together with the Tribal Livelihoods program. It is planned to be an umbrella initiative riding on national level initiatives such as Atma Nirbhar Abhiyan, “Go Vocal for Local” and other programmes of Ministries.
With the successful implementation of this collaboration and many more upcoming convergences, TRIFED hopes to empower the tribal producers by developing their skills and help in generating income and livelihoods which should then result in a complete transformation of tribal lives and livelihoods across the country.